Popular conservative author and speaker Ben Shapiro continued to impress his audience Thursday at UC Berkeley when he rapidly refuted a young man’s abortion arguments.
Shapiro’s speech at the liberal California university drew massive media attention because of the violent protests that have broken out on campus during past conservative speakers’ talks. The university and local police increased security, and several people were arrested Thursday.
Inside the sold-out auditorium, Shapiro received a huge applause when he quickly destroyed a young man’s arguments in favor of first-trimester abortions. A video of the exchange received a lot of attention Friday, and some described Shapiro’s argument as an “epic takedown” of abortion.
During the question and answer period Thursday, a young man asked Shapiro why he believes abortion is wrong.
“Why do you think a first-trimester fetus has human value?” the young man asked, explaining that he believes sentience is what makes humans valuable.
“Ok, so when you’re asleep, can I stab you?” Shapiro asked. The young man said no.
“Ok, if you are in a coma from which you may awake, can I stab you?” Shapiro continued.
Again, the young man said no. “But that’s still potential sentience!” he added.
“Do you know what else has potential sentience? Being a fetus,” Shapiro said, followed by a massive applause.
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Conservatives and pro-life advocates on the internet applauded, too, on Friday with tweets and other messages of support.
— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) September 15, 2017
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) September 15, 2017
This student demonstrates why you should practice your thoughts out loud. Called a reality check. Thanks for playing. https://t.co/47yUFD1In0
— William Franklin (@W_E_Franklin) September 15, 2017